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On Foot in North Lesvos
On Foot - Circular Walks on Lesvos
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We cannot predict the state of the river and stream crossings in our books -
you should approach them with caution, turn back if in any doubt,
and in any case be prepared to get your feet wet!
Arrows and waymarks in red and blue paint have appeared along several routes. These have nothing to do with us,
and should be treated with caution. We try to avoid this kind of rural graffiti wherever possible, preferring to rely on clear and detailed route descriptions in our books.
On Foot in North Lesvos:
Walk 2: Ancient Mithimna and Modern Molivos
Page 9, para 2: After being delayed for many years, restoration of the Ottoman baths is now complete, and the building has been re-opened as a cultural centre. Unfortunately it is still not accessible to the public.
Page 9, para 4: ΟΔΟΣ 17 ΝΟΕΜΒΡΙΟΥ has been re-named (in honour of a former mayor of Molivos), ΟΔΟΣ ΔΗΜΑΡΧΟΥ ΚΩΣΤΑ ΔΟΥΚΑ
Walk 4: Through the Hills from Molivos to Petra:
Page 14, point 4: There is now a fenced building site on the right of the track at this point, and the gate has been
removed. Keep straight on along the track past the site, ignoring forks off to the right, keeping the line of oak trees
on your left. When the track narrows to a path, continue to follow it through scrub to the gate at point 5.
Page 14, point 6: The gate at point 6 may be padlocked; if so there is an easy place to cross the fence about
5 metres to its right.
Walk 6: Molivos to Vafios through Keramotis
Page 21, para 4, point 5 to page 22, para 3: The footbridge here has collapsed or been removed: cross the stream
by the alternative route through the farmyard.
On the opposite side of the stream the lower end of the track has been abandoned, and is now no more than a rough
overgrown path. A short distance up the hillside it bears to the left – ignore the path leading ahead at this point,
then bear right uphill when it joins a clearer track. Where the track ends at the ridge the field is no longer fenced.
Page 22, para 4, point 6: The animal shed is now almost hidden behind a stone wall – only the end of the tiled roof
is visible until you are very close.
Page 23, para 1, point 7: This final section of the path has become very overgrown. Keep straight ahead until
you find the water-trough: do not be tempted to veer right downhill before you reach it.
Page 23, para 4, point 8: There is now a wire-mesh gate at this point which leads directly on to the path.
Walk 9: Hills, Valleys, and Sea
Page 37, para 2 – 3, point 8: The path beyond this point is now completely overgrown. Follow the track a few metres further uphill, and take the recently bulldozed track to the right. This leads directly to the olive grove at point 9.
Page 37, para 5, point 10: The brushwood barrier here has been replaced by steel gates, and the concrete lane
now extends to this point.
Walk 10: Petra to Petri or Vafios through the Ligonas Valley (Valley of the Mills)
Page 40, para 2: The OTE building is now MOJO Beach Bar! The junction is marked by a wooden hiking signpost.
Page 44, para 2: If you don't see the post box, there is now a sign at this junction to Ταβέρνα Βενιζέλος. This is a short distance down the street on the left, and is now the only taverna in the village.
Page 44, paras 3 - 4, points 12 to 13: Part of the path has been washed away where it is crossed by a stream
about halfway between these points. A wire-mesh fence also crosses the path here, but is easily opened: beyond
it the overgrown path leads on uphill bearing left.
Page 44, last paragraph, continued on page 45: The gap in the wall now has an easily opened field gate, and a
rough path below and to the right of the farm buildings leads straight ahead to the Vafios - Stipsi dirt road,
bypassing the second gate. (This is now the 'official' way-marked route).
Walk 11: Petra to Petri
13 October 2012
Page 46, para 2, point 2: Odos Sapfous (ΟΔΟΣ ΣΑΠΦΟΥΣ - Sappho Street) is the second street on the left along
Page 47, para 3, point 5: Despite our best efforts over four editions the mid-section of this walk still confuses
some of our readers. We have re-written the section from point 5 to point 7 (page 47) with more detail and
incorporating some minor changes that have taken place since 2010.
[5. 19.46'/11.27', 1.24km/450m, 5 mins]- At this point follow the track which leads straight ahead, and when,
after about 100m, it bears left, keep right on the smaller track leading uphill, and almost immediately right again.
This deteriorates into a walled footpath between fields, and for about two hundred metres is also a rocky stream bed.
The path eventually turns right at a fence and leads gently uphill along the hillside with the fence on your left:
there are views of Petri across the valley diagonally to your right, and of Petra directly behind you. Go through
a wire-mesh gate and past the back of a large stone animal shed on the right. (This gate has been padlocked
and wired shut, which we are reliably informed is illegal, but is easily climbed. We have placed rocks to make a stile
- it remains to be seen whether the farmer will leave them in place.)
A few metres further on you will meet the end of a low stone wall at right angles to your approach. Turn right in front
of the wall (you may have to bend double under a low tree, and perhaps disturb some sheep which enjoy sheltering
from the sun here) [6. 19.48'/11.68', 1.92km/680m, 20 mins], and follow the path along keeping the wall on your left.
Ignore a path to the right which leads for a few metres down to a water cistern. There is a fence across the main path
at this point - go through the wooden pallet gate at the right. The path turns sharp left uphill and then right,
and passes the ruins, on the left, of an abandoned village - supposedly Turkish, though with a Greek name,
Chiliopigada. (This seems to be a corruption of the Greek for Achilles' Wells. According to local legend, Achilles
camped here with his army on his way to the Trojan war; in passing capturing and sacking ancient Mithimna).
Follow the path along to an area of bare rock. Cross it, and descend to rejoin a faint path between a rock face on
the left and a fenced olive grove on the right. Cross one more mound of smooth rock, and then climb a small sloping
rock-face. At the top immediately turn right downhill for a few metres and then left into an olive-grove. Follow along
the terraces going up two levels until you reach a dirt road. Most of the olive grove is fenced along the road,
but there is a gap at the right-hand edge of this terrace (next to a concrete bridge) allowing you to climb on to
the road [7. 19.35'/11.80', 2.26km/340m, 15 mins].
Page 48, para 1: The concrete drive has deteriorated and is overgrown where it leaves the road - look for a narrow
strip of concrete immediately before the boundary wall of a house. A few metres after leaving the road it now becomes
a rough track.
Walk 19: Petri to Stipsi:
A local farmer has blocked this walk where it leaves the road at Petri with a high wire fence and locked gate.
Unfortunately there is no alternative route and the walk is currently not possible.
Walk 21: A Circular Walk from Skoutaros to Tsichrada
Page 81, para 2, point 4: Some readers have had difficulty finding the beginning of the path at this point. It is
usually fairly clear, but may be overgrown with grass early in the season. Look for a recently-built stone wall
alongside the dirt road, starting about ten metres after the path entrance and bordering an olive-grove, and
beyond that an isolated house, also recently built, lying back from the road.
Between points 4 & 5 the path/sream-bed has become very overgrown. The stream-bed is mostly solid rock so the route remains reasonably easy to follow.
Page 82, para 2, points 8 to 9: The dirt road has now been asphalted along all the sections which were not already
concrete. Look for a small sign at the beginning of the path to the chapel of Agia Marina.
Walk 23: Skala Sikaminias to Sikaminia circular routes
Page 89, para 4: The radio mast has been removed. (A small stump remains, half hidden in the vegetation
on the left of the track, and no longer any use as a landmark!)
Walk 25: Agia Paraskevi, Klopedi, Taxiarchis Monastery, and Kremasti Bridge
All the information boards, direction signs and waymarks between point 2 (page 104, para 3) and point 6 (page 105, para 3), have been removed except for those mentioned at page 105, para 1. The route remains as described – in Ag Paraskevi we only mention the main junctions; ignore the small side streets.
On Foot - Circular Walks on Lesvos:
Walk 3: To the Roman Aqueduct of Moria
Page 12, para 4, line 3: There is now a track leading uphill immediately after after the stream crossing – do not take it! The footpath continues downhill to the left
Walk 4: A Circular Walk from Skala Neon Kidonion
Page 18, para 3, point 21: The reference should read 13.58'/27.45' (not 26.45'). Thanks, Bas and Elly Dekker!
Walk 5: A City Walk through Mitilini
Page 26, paras 2 - 3, points 20 to 21: The coast road between the lighthouse and the lower castle gate is permanently closed to traffic due to a large-scale archaeological dig to uncover an entrance to the castle from the sea.
It is still possible to cross the site on foot, with an excellent view of the new excavations.
Walks 6 & 7: Karini
The main road from Mitilini to Polichnitos has been improved, and now by-passes Keramia and Karini. Coming from the Mitilini – Kalloni road junction look for the second sign to the left for Karini after 4 km, where there is a signed parking area.
Park here, and for Walk 6 cross the new road and take the concrete track up the hill opposite.
For Walk 7 go left away from the new road through the 'oasis', turn left on to the old road for 100 metres, and then follow the instructions from the book.
Walk 9: From Agii Anargyri to Asomatos and Taxiarches
Page 54, para 2: The main road from Mitilini to Polichnitos has been improved and straightened. It now by-passes Keramia, and there is no longer a right-hand bend at the junction to Asomatos. Look out for the sign-posted junction to the left.
Page 54, para 3, point 2: The footbridge at point 2 was destroyed by storms in late 2012, but has now been replaced, and the footpath leading to it improved
Page 55, para 4: This paragraph was transposed verbatim in error from Walk 7, page 42. It should read 'If you have already done the Karini to Asomatos and Agiasos walk (7)…'
Walk 13: Vrisa, Vatera, and Paleopyrgos:
Much of the centre of Vrisa was destroyed by a severe earthquake in June 2017.
Although the streets have been cleared and the walk is still viable as described, many of the remaining buildings are unsafe and may collapse without warning, and we therefore recommend that you avoid the village centre.
Here is an alternative start to this walk, which avoids the centre:-
Park and start from the EKO filling station at the southern edge of the village (see Introduction, top of page 76)
[GPS co-ordinates N39°02.27'/ E26°11.91']
Walk away from the junction towards the village. In 120 metres (2 minutes) take the first turning to the right
[02.33'/11.88'], and then after 45 metres the first on the right again.
Walk uphill on the concrete lane, which soon becomes a dirt track. You will pass a temporary school on the left,
brought in to replace the damaged village school.
Continue for about 450 metres (10 mins). When the track forks keep left [02.18'/12.18'].
In another 140 metres (3 mins), at the crossing, turn right [02.18'/12.27'].
You are now back on the route described in the book – continue from point 3 (page 76 para 3)
On returning to Vrisa at the end of the walk, turn right at point 20 and walk back along the main street
through the outskirts of the village for 210 metres (5 mins) to your starting point at the EKO station.
Walk 17: Pilgrims' Way - Leimonos and its Dependencies
Page 96, para 1 (Intro): Coming from Kalloni, Leimonos of course lies on the left of the road, not the right!
A stupid and careless error which somehow got through our proof-reading - our apologies.
Walk 18: Parakoila - its Minaret and Coast
Page 101, last para: The path now ends at an improvised gate almost immediately after the left turn –
beyond it is overgrown and impassible. To continue, go through the gate and immediately left into a field.
Walk along the right-hand edge of the field for about 50m to the next opening, then go right into the adjoining field.
Go the length of the field, through the opening at the far end, turn left to reach the beach,
and left again to resume the route at page 102, para 3.
Walk 21: Kampos Beach and Ancient Antissa
Page 117, para 1, point 8: The shingle bank mentioned here was usually put in place in the spring to retain river water for irrigation, and removed in autumn to help prevent flooding during the winter. However for the last few summers it has been missing.
The water at the river-mouth can be very deep in unexpected places - do not try to cross on foot unless you are
prepared for a short swim!
The river-mouth is visible as you come downhill on the outward route (from point 9 on the map) -
if you cannot see the shingle bank return from Ancient Antissa by the outward route as far as point 10.
Walk 22: A Forest Walk around Vatousa and Pterounta
Page 120, para 2: The bakery has now closed, although the oven and some equipment is still visible through
Page 121, para 3, point 8: The ruined animal shelter has been replaced by a metal shed in a compound housing
a flock of goats. When we last passed they were guarded by two large, very noisy, but seemingly unaggressive dogs.
However unfortunately this may no longer be a comfortable place for a break!
There is a new access track leading away through the forest – ignore it and continue on the small path down
the valley through the forest until you reach the dirt road.
Page 121, para 7, point 10: For an alternative route bypassing Pterounta go straight ahead at this point.
Stay on the main track, ignoring a fork to the right, and it will lead you down to the asphalt road opposite the
village cemetery at the end of the village. (See the green line on the view below)
Page 121, para 8: Since the publication of our book an old footpath, much of it on kalderimi, has been cleared
and marked. It leaves the asphalt road near the bottom of the hill (look for a wooden fingerpost to Vatousa)
and leads more or less straight over the hill to rejoin our original route on the track about 200 metres before
the junction at point 13 (page 122, para 2). It is about 60% shorter than the original route, but be warned;
it is very steep and rough in places. Also beware – about 150m from its start the path ahead may be obstructed
by a brushwood barrier, and the route appears to go to the right. Do not go this way! – cross the barrier and
continue on the kalderimi. (The red line – our original route is marked in blue).
Walk 25: A Circular Walk from Skala Sikaminias
Page 137, para 3, point 9: The reference should read 21,50'/18.91' (not 18.19').
Apologies for this transcription error, and thanks to Stratisav for pointing it out.